How Capt. Picard's Future After 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Could Inspire Rumored Patrick Stewart Series

On Tuesday we learned there are multiple new Star Trek shows in various stages of development. Variety, citing anonymous sources, described four new shows: a limited series, an animated series, a Star Trek show set at Starfleet Academy from the creators of Gossip Girl and a show about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan villain Khan Noonien Singh. The Hollywood Reporter believes the mysterious limited series to be about Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), more specifically, a "Stewart-led reboot" produced by Akiva Goldsman and Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman.

Excepting some voice performances in Robot Chicken, Family Guy and a handful of video games, the last time Stewart appeared as Picard was in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis. In that movie, he defeated the Romulan Praetor, who happened to be a Picard clone.

Patrick Stewart last appeared as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in 2002's "Star Trek: Nemesis." Paramount Pictures

Nemesis ended with Data dead, Riker moving on to his own captaincy and the Enterprise in disrepair. So what adventures are ahead for Capt. Picard?

Even more than Star Wars, Star Trek has a sprawling universe of novels, comics and video games exploring Picard's adventures after the events of Nemesis. Here are three fascinating events from those possible futures imagined for Picard, beyond TNG and the movies.

Borg Invasion of 2381

Picard had a handful of post- Nemesis confrontations with the Borg, but nothing like the massive invasion of 2381, which wiped out 40 percent of Starfleet and killed tens of billions. Picard's long history with the Borg (he was once assimilated) leads him to some dark places, including commanding the deployment of the same genocidal thalaron radiation weapon wielded by the Romulans in Nemesis (Geordi La Forge refuses the order).

Capt. Picard on the cover for Book II in the "Star Trek: Destiny" trilogy. Pocket Books

Read: The Star Trek: Destiny trilogy (Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, Lost Souls) by David Mack.

The Typhon Pact

The United Federation of Planets and their allies, like the Klingon Empire and the Ferengi Alliance, weren't the only ones united against the Borg. A separate alliance was made between the Holy Order of the Kinshaya, Tzenkethi Coalition, Breen Confederacy, Romulan Star Empire, Gorn Hegemony and Tholian Assembly: the Typhon Pact. While all the diplomatic jostling over Andorian genetics and Jem'Hadar technology may be too much minutiae for a Picard series, the core concept—an opponent to the entire structure of the Federation—could inspire threats that go beyond just the military. What role could Picard play in a clash of civilizations that's about far more than maneuvering ships and having the latest torpedoes?

Read: Star Trek: Typhon Pact, a series of seven novels by various authors, each following characters from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Ambassador Picard

After resigning from Starfleet, Picard becomes the ambassador to Vulcan. Outside of his work bringing the Children of Tama (from TNG episode "Darmok") into the Federation, most of what's been told of Picard's time as ambassador comes from Star Trek: Countdown, a comics tie-in to 2009's J.J. Abrams reboot. Picard works with Spock to save Romulus, but they're too late, setting up the conditions for Nero's revenge plot in the movie. While there'd be no reason to adapt Countdown, there are a number of intriguing possibilities in Picard serving as ambassador, rather than as a captain.

Ambassador Picard on the cover of an issue of "Star Trek: Countdown." IDW Publishing

Since that word "reboot" in "Stewart-lead reboot" hints at a show free of previous entanglements, it's unlikely any of those stories will be adapted directly. Instead, like how the Marvel movies freely pull images and threads from multiple comics, we can expect a Picard show to seek inspiration and pull ideas from storylines outside of Star Trek's TV continuity, especially if Kurtzman and Goldsman select writers for the new Picard series using similar criteria to how they staffed Discovery, which included veteran Star Trek screenwriters and a Star Trek novelist.